Rome (Jan. 17)
An appeal to the Pope and to the Leaders of the democracies to act to save the surviving Jews in German-held areas was issued last night at the closing session of the Italian Zionist conference held here.
The meeting also expressed gratitude for the assistance given Jews by Italian Catholics and by the Catholic Church during the German occupation, enabling many to escape death and deportation, and also thanked the liberating Allied troops, the Jewish soldiers in the Allied armies and the Palestinian units of the British forces. It sent greetings to the Italians “now fighting the common enemy, especially the partisans with whom are many of our brethren,” and to the Jewish Brigade.
The delegates adopted a resolution backing the world Zionist demands for the opening of Palestine to unrestricted Jewish immigration and colonization and for the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth. Palestine, the resolution said, is the only solution for the Jews of devastated Europe. It condemned the recent terrorist out-breaks as tending to injure “an innocent and martyred people.”
Discussing the problems of relief, the conference thanked the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for the aid given Italy’s distressed Jews, and paid special tribute to the JDC’s support of training farms for youths planning to settle in Palestine. All of the above resolutions and greetings were endorsed at a meeting of representatives of Zionist youth groups immediately following conclusion of the main conference.